Bangalore based Golden Aces Poker League returned for its second edition to the Pride Poker Room aboard the Casino Pride docked on the Mandovi River at Panjim in sunny Goa. The tournament weekend, which kicked off on the 11th October, 2012, featured a Main Event which had a buy in of INR 20,000 and 3 side events. Also up for grabs were the points to the Golden Aces POY, the winner of which gets an all-expenses paid package to the 2013 WSOP Main Event.
Starting things off was the INR 5,000 Unlimited Re-Buy + 1 Add-on. At the end of the re-buy period, the prizepool was a cool INR 486,000, with INR 121,000 set aside for the winner. The last hand of the night was eventually dealt between tournament regular Rahul Melwani, who entered the final table as chip leader and Krunal Chauhan, who was one of the shorter stacks coming into the final table. He eventually had the bigger stack and put Melwani all in holding . Melwani made the call and tabled and had some catching up to do. The board eventually gave paired Chauhan’s Fives and they were good to take down the pot and take home the Golden Aces trophy.
The following night saw 47 runners enter the INR 15,000 Superbounty. Defending champion Madhav ‘Maddy’ Gupta made it to heads up yet again and Bangalore’s Kapil Asrani was the last hurdle in his path to making it two in a row. In the final hand, Asrani moved all in with his short stack of 28700 holding . Gupta made a quick call with . With a pair on the board , Asrani found himself out-kicked as Gupta’s Ace kicker kept him ahead and he added another Superbounty trophy to his mantelpiece as he pocketed INR 170,000 for outlasting the rest of the field.
The biggest draw of the weekend of course was the INR 20,000 Main Event. 50 hopefuls ponied up the buy in in hopes to take home the lion’s share of the INR 900,000 prizepool. The final table saw many familiar faces in Rajesh Goyal, Rahul Byraju, Maddy Gupta and Shravan Chhabria. However, it was Mahesh K and Dyutidhar Suresh who battled it out in the last hand. Mahesh K moved all in with a stack of 250000 holding . Suresh tanked for a bit and eventually made the call. The Ducks held a slight edge over his .
However, the dealer was kind to him as he flopped a pair on a board which eventually read . And with that, Dyutidhar Suresh got crowned the Golden Aces Poker League Main Event Champion. Along with bragging rights, he took home INR 378,000 and the Golden Aces winner’s trophy, a Tissot watch and a whole bunch of points towards his seat for the Sit n Go to determine who gets the WSOP Package, which will be held during the Golden Aces finale early next year.
The final event of the weekend was a 3k rebuy event which was called the 'Wild Card to the WSOP' whereby the winner of the Sunday event would win a part of the prizepool and would also be added to a 21 player capped afore-mentioned WSOP satellite event. This edition's Wild Card tourney winner was Raonak Hathiramani from Mumbai who won INR 45,000 and of course that entry to the WSOP satellite. Main Event winner Dyuthidhar Suresh showed he was still on a heater from the previous night finishing in 2nd place.
All in all a pretty successful tournament weekend for the Golden Aces team and we expect they will back early next year with their followup to this event. Many congratulations from PokerNews India to all the winners as well as those players who made the money.